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08-18-2012, 02:09 AM
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I had wanted a big,very physical, defensively solid, rugged D-man for our top 4, so I did a double take with the signing of Cubes. Thinking about it though I wondered if the Habs believe Emelin could be that top 4 guy and if we had gotten the kind of player I was thinking about, you would probably need to give a guy like that a contract of several years and so Emelin would be done with the Habs. I say hed be done because Im guessing Emelin will not be satisfied play wise and money wise if he were slotted in as a bottom pairing guy his whole NHL career; I think hed sign with another NHL team offering him top 4 time and money or else hed head back to Russia. Thinking about it that way made me decide signing Cubes did make some sense, because the guy would be fine with a one year deal and doed bring some intangibles in terms of locker room presence as a veteran and as a guy who knows MT.

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